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BAG Members' Show & Tell

January 15, 2015 | BAG Members' Show & Tell

You’re invited to the Book Arts Guild Members’ SHOW & TELL & Annual Meeting.After 35 years, the Book Arts Guild membership keeps growing and changing, so let’s get together to share work, food, and each other's good company. Bring potluck treats and examples of your work to share. Not a maker? Bring something from your collection, and tel  Read more...

Of Interest

James Allen Artist Lecture

January 28, 2015 | James Allen Artist Lecture

James Allen (an artist from Portland, Oregon) finds inspiration in the ephemera of the common objects we encounter everyday altering objects such as books, magazines, photos, and postcards to create new experiences through existing media. In 2000, he earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and was featured in the book, Art Made from Books: Altered, Sculpted, Carved, Transformed. A majority of Allen’s artwork is reductive: he takes a common-place objects and alters them by removing parts or fragmenting and reconstructing them. Allen refers process as Book Excavations. Each Excavation begins by cutting a rectangular hole in the cover of a book. Then, one page at a time, he cuts his way through the pages. By selectively keeping fragments of images and words he creates a composition using the content of the book as it emerges. He leaves the book bound and doesn’t move any of the pages of the book. Instead revealing the contents only by cutting away and removing sections of pages. In this way, chance and random associations are embraced to reinterpret the intended message and purpose of each book. Both narrative and compositional dynamics are considered to create a condensed reinterpretation of the book’s content. The original intent of the book is destroyed, but in the process an exquisite Excavation is created. These Excavations turn the linear format of a book into a flat “window” through which to observe many pages at once. Instead of reading from cover to cover and gaining knowledge, the meaning of the book is obscured and becomes a visual meditation on its subject. For more information about the artist and to study more of his work, visit his website at: www.jamesallenstudio.com. For more information: libref@pugetsound.edu  Read more...

BAG Lecture

23 Years of Deep Wood Press

February 12, 2015 | 23 Years of Deep Wood Press

Chad Pastotnik initially earned a BFA in printmaking and focuses on intaglio and relief techniques that find their way into book forms and lend themselves well to the smaller format. Chad has also had training in bookbinding as well as restoration and repair techniques; these skills led him to establish Deep Wood Press in 1992 along the b  Read more...

Of Interest

23 Years of Deep Wood Press

February 13, 2015 | 23 Years of Deep Wood Press

23 Years of Deep Wood Press – Art, Ink, Paper & Books with Chad Pastotnik Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:00pm (doors open at 6:45) Maps/Special Collections Classroom B69 Suzzallo Library Basement University of Washington This presentation will also be offered on Friday, February 13, 2015 4:00 p.m. Ingram Hall 122 Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma http://www.plu.edu/map/ Chad Pastotnik initially earned a BFA in printmaking and focuses on intaglio and relief techniques that find their way into book forms and lend themselves well to the smaller format. Chad has also had training in bookbinding as well as restoration and repair techniques; these skills led him to establish Deep Wood Press in 1992 along the banks of the Cedar River in northern Michigan. Within the first few years there was a determined need for text in these book forms and the first letterpress and a few scattered cases of type began the formal act of publishing for Deep Wood Press. The primary focus of the press is, and always has been, the production of limited edition, fine press books with an emphasis on the natural environment and humanities interaction with nature. Another standard of the press is the inclusion of artwork printed from the original plates of intaglio, wood engraving, collagraphs and linoleum cuts as created by the artist’s hand. Books are printed in types that are typically cast on premises and then printed on handmade or mouldmade sheets gathered from all points of the globe. These books are then hand sewn and bound into book forms spanning simple limp covers to fully tooled leather bound presentation bindings in slip cases or boxes. Over the past 23 years Deep Wood Press has produced over forty book titles and countless commissioned works and is present in some of the finest museums, libraries and university and private collections around the globe. http://www.deepwoodpress.com/  Read more...

BAG Workshop

Reduction & Multi-Block Lino Class

February 14-15, 2015 | Reduction & Multi-Block Lino Class

Chad Pastotnik, of Deep Wood Press, northern Michigan, will teach this special linoleum printing class. A color reduction print starts with the lightest color and removes only the whites and the negative space around the overall image. Then progressively more linoleum is removed to create the next layer of color by taking into account ink  Read more...

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